- This word 'intuition' is beautiful. You
know the other word, 'tuition'; tuition means somebody else is
giving it to you. Intuition means nobody is giving it to you; it is
growing within yourself. And because it is not given to you by
somebody else, it cannot be put into words.
- What is intuition? you have asked.
Intuition is in some ways like instinct, in some ways absolutely
unlike instinct; in some ways like intellect, in other ways
absolutely against intellect. So you will have to understand,
because it is the subtlest thing in you. Intuition is like instinct
because you cannot do anything about it. It is part of your
consciousness, just as instinct is part of your body. You cannot do
anything about your instinct and you cannot do anything about your
intuition. But just as you can allow your instincts to be fulfilled,
you can allow and give total freedom to your intuition to be
fulfilled. And you will be surprised at what kinds of powers you
have been carrying within you.
Intuition can give you answers for ultimate questions -- not
verbally but existentially. You need not ask, What is truth?
Instinct won't hear, it is deaf. Intellect will hear but it can only
philosophize; it is blind, it can't see. Intuition is a seer, it has
eyes. It sees the truth -- there is no question of thinking about
Instinct and intuition are both independent of you. Instinct is in
the power of nature, of unconscious nature, and intuition is in the
hands of the superconscious universe, the consciousness that
surrounds the whole universe, the oceanic consciousness of which we
are just small islands -- or better, icebergs, because we can melt
into it and become one with it.
In some ways intuition is exactly opposite to instinct. Instinct
always leads you to the other; its fulfillment is always dependent
on something other than you.
Intuition leads you only to yourself. It has no dependence, no need
for the other; hence its beauty, its freedom and independence.
Intuition is an exalted state needing nothing. It is so full of
itself that there is no space for anything else.
In some way intuition is like intellect because it is intelligence.
- Buddha means an egoless trust. One who
trusts in the whole existence also trusts in himself, because he is
part of the whole. He listens to his heart's voice and follows it.
Unafraid he goes with his heart. He trusts his intuition. And once
you have known the art of how to listen to your intuition, you will
be surprised: intellect can err, intuition never errs -- it is
infallible. It always directs you in the right course of action.
- Intuition is the highest rung of the
ladder, the ladder of consciousness. It can be divided into three
divisions: the lowest and the first is instinct; the second, the
middle one, is intellect; and the third, the highest one, is
- The West represents the male mind,
aggressive intellect. The East represents the female mind, receptive
intuition. East and West are not just arbitrary -- the division is
very very significant and profound.
- If you choose according to your own
inclination, according to your own intuition... it is very strong in
children but, slowly slowly, becomes weaker. The voices of the
parents and the teachers, the society and the priest, become louder
and louder. Now if you want to find out what is your voice, you will
have to pass through a crowd of noises.
- Unless you have found your natural
inclination your life is going to be a long, long tragedy, from the
cradle to the grave. The only people who have been blissful in the
world are the people who have lived according to their own intuition
and have rebelled against any effort by others to impose their
ideas. Howsoever valuable those ideas may be, they are useless
because they are not yours. The only significant idea is that which
arises in you, grows in you, blossoms in you.
- Just the energy touching your higher level
of consciousness, the superconscious -- just the touch, and there is
a shower of joy which continues. Slowly the energy goes on hitting
and makes its way to the center of the superconsciousness. You have
nothing to do: your work is finished when you have stopped
repressing and you have cleaned your unconscious. Then you have
nothing to do; then all that has to be done is done by your energy.
And when you reach the center a new faculty starts functioning in
you which is intuition.
At the center of the unconscious is instinct.
At the center of the conscious is intellect.
At the center of the superconscious is intuition.
- Intuition functions in a quantum leap. It
has no methodological procedure, it simply sees things. It has eyes
to see. It sees things which you have never even thought of as
things -- for example, love. You have never thought of it as a
thing. But a man of intuition can see whether there is love in you
or not, whether there is trust in you or not, whether there is doubt
in you or not. He can see them as if these are things. In my
religion intuition holds the highest place. That's where I am trying
to push you.
An unclean unconscious is hindering you. Clean it; and the way to
clean it is to satisfy it, to satisfy it so much that it starts
telling you, "Please stop! It is more than I needed." Only leave it
then. And with that, your intellect is filled with such a fresh flow
of energy that it turns into intelligence. Then the energy goes on
rising and opens the doors of intuition. Then you can see things
which are not visible to your physical eyes, things which are not
even things. Love is not a thing, truth is not a thing, trust is not
a thing, but they are realities -- much more real than your things.
But they are realities only for intuition, they are existential. And
once your intuition starts functioning, you are for the first time
really a man. With the unconscious you are animal. With the
conscious you are no longer animal.
With the superconscious you are man.
- Just as the body has its own wisdom -- it
is called instinct -- your soul has its own wisdom. It is called
intuition. Your mind is a borrowed thing; it has nothing like
instinct or intuition. It is just a computer which goes on
collecting all kinds of information. But it has tremendous power
over you because it has all that you know. If it is erased you will
be simply dumb, not knowing who you are, where you are going -- for
what? What is the business?
- When something from the unknowable comes
to be known, it is a jump. It is a jump! There is no interlink,
there is no passage, there is no going from one point to another
point. But it seems inconceivable, so when I say, ”You can feel it,
but you cannot understand it,” when I say such things, I know very
well that I am uttering nonsense. Nonsense only means ”that which
cannot be understood by our senses.” And mind is a sense, the most
subtle, and wisdom is a sense. Intuition is possible because the
unknowable is there.
- One has to follow his own instinct. They
have to be understood, these two words: instinct and intuition.
Instinct is unconscious nature and intuition is conscious nature.
First your instinct has to be freed from all the fetters of
principles, dogmas, right and wrong, morality and immorality.
Instinct, completely natural, has tremendous beauty. That is the
beauty you see in the animals. A deer just jumping, running, has a
certain beauty which man has lost. His jumping and running has a
grace that comes from instinct. He is not jumping and running, it is
nature jumping and running through him. He is just instrumental.
This is the first step towards ultimate freedom, that your instinct
should be allowed all growth possible. And alongside, you should
continue to meditate, because meditation is not a program.
Meditation is just a method of becoming aware of what is happening
to you. No disturbance, no judgment, just watching what is happening
in you. If you go on watching your instincts and their growth, a
moment comes when your instincts start changing into intuition.
The word is very significant. We are given tuition everywhere. That
tuition is to repress your intuition. In the schools, in the
colleges, in the universities, you are given tuition. It means
something from the outside being forced upon you, and intuition
means something coming from your innermost core. If you are
unconscious, then it will remain instinct. If you are conscious,
then instinct plus awareness is equal to intuition. Then for the
first time you have found your Master within yourself Intuition is
your Master, your real university. And now you don't need any
scripture, you don't need any guide. Your inner light is enough to
lead you to the ultimate goal of enlightenment.